Columbia, SC
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$27,644 ($10,488)
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Reviews 2669 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: The athletic centers are state of the art, whether it is for the teams or for all students use. Many people hang out at Russell House but there is not much to do there. The library is huge; people sleep there. There are many traditions to get involved in including the Tiger Burn before the Clemson game.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life definitely has a huge presence on campus. Most people are in them and they generate many of the activities on campus. If you are not in a frat or sorority you can still go to their parties but it is a huge thing to be part of one.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Social Life is a huge part of everyone's life here. The boys are cute but short. The girls are mostly all attractive. A large number of people are Greek. Students dress very preppy and there is a mix of different relationships.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: its difficult to get around and taxi are expensive

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is usually always some kind of frat party happening at either a house or bar. If you're not in a frat, you can go out downtown if you are over 21. And if not there is always apartment parties going on.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am an Exercise Science major and I have enjoyed all my major classes so far. I have a lot of options that allow me to pursue what I enjoy and want to focus on.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am an Exercise Science major and something unique to my program is that junior/senior year we have a chance to get credit for an internship during the school year.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The process of getting into my major is pretty simple. Staying in my major however is the difficult part which is understandable.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are huge at USC for the students, faculty, and residents who just come out and support the teams.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many people with different races, religions, or sexual orientation. I think the number of black people and white people usually seems to be about the same. We have Asians and Indians too. And people from different countries, like France or England. I've met many different people. None of these seem to be an issue. Also, sexual orientation does not seem to be an issue either for the majority of the people. I've seen a lot of people with different sexual orientation and all of them seemed to be happy with their life. The only thing that might be an issue is religion. There is a bunch of religious people who try to get you in their Bible groups and weird things like that. Its a bit annoying that they are trying to convert you. But as long as you just politely refuse them, its not a big issue, they are polite people and they do respect other people even though they seem to prefer it if you were a believer in Jesus.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: I think the campus life is nice and easy. Especially if you have a few friends that you can spend your time with. It has a really big campus which includes everything in it. The buildings are nice and everything is taken care of. It looks pretty good. You can find everything you need on campus. Food to eat, movies to watch, plays and concerts to see... There is almost everything. You can just hang out with your friends. Five Points and Vista is really close to campus and thats where people usually go at night. I think as long as you have a few friends that you get along with, you can have a pretty decent and fun college life.

4 College Junior

Diversity: There are people of many races and ethnicities on campus as well as a plethora of international students.

2 College Junior

Parking: The garages are quite costly and you are not always guaranteed a spot. Parking on the street is nearly impossible and can take a while to find an open spot. There is also always someone checking the meters and giving out tickets to people who do not put enough change in.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I did not receive as much financial aid as I had expected to. The process, however, was smooth.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are always police cars roaming around campus making sure everything is going smooth and everyone is safe. There are safety buttons around campus so that makes me feel extra safe. If there is an issue the cops try to take care of it as soon as possible and fix the situation.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Columbia is a wonderful city. I absolutely love being here. I love the city atmosphere. There are plenty of places to go eat at and little shops to visit in the Vista and Main street. Of course football is amazing here at USC. The football games are so amazing and at first they are breath taking. The area is very safe and there are plenty of police officers or people to get in contact when you need help. I feel very safe here. The people here are all around great. It is easy to make new friends and just have a blast on campus.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: plenty of options for 21+ but for underage students the risk isn't worth it, the police have been very strict this year. Lots of frat parties/other house parties available though just be careful not get caught if they get busted!

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Lots and Lots of southern frat boys, which is good if you're into that sort of thing. Most are relatively cute and want to party but few are interested in serious relationships. The girls tend to be very southern, but don't dress up on a daily basis. It takes some getting used to if you aren't from the south

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Well, some of the dorms are really nice. Newer ones like Patterson are great. However, there are several that really just need to be gutted. Pretty much all of the buildings need to be gutted. The women's quad has a mold problem that was so bad that a large number of the people living there needed to move out. Other buildings like Capstone, have mold on the walls and in the bathrooms, and one RM even had a mushroom growing through their ceiling. There are even a few rooms where the walls are constantly wet and maintenance needed to put a dehumidifier in the rooms. However, at least in my dorm there is a good sense of community and we all know each other. However, I heard that in Patterson and some others, no one knows each other or associates with each other. Basically housing is hit or miss.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: As a whole, the local atmosphere leaves much to be desired. The University is right next to the 5 points area, which is a high crime area. In fact the state of South Carolina is the most dangerous state in the nation second to DC. In addition, there is nothing to do in the "city". In all reality, Columbia is too small to be considered a city and everything is really far spread out and hard to get to if you don't have a car. As far as stores and shopping go, the Columbiana Center, the best mall in the area, is about 15 min away by car, Walmart and Target are between 5-10 min away by car. All in all, you are really going to need a car if you come here if you do not want to be completely dependent on other people. The city has a very poorly designed public transportation system that doesn't even run to campus so don't rely on that to get you around. The only sports teams are those run by USC and the games really are not that enjoyable.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is pretty good around USC. There are plenty of options and they all range in cost, atmosphere, etc. You have the option of going to a really nice, more expensive restaurant or a little hole in the wall place.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: There are plenty of options when choosing a fraternity or sorority and it is something that most people at least try. The non greek students dont really mind greek life, I think some of them are against because they dont really know it or understand it. It is a huge part of USC but is not necessary in enjoying your college career.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Unfortunately the area that USC- Columbia is located at is a dangerous area but the campus police and the city police are doing everything they can to make it safer.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I been attending this university for 3 months and overall their has been no problems. It is a convenience distance from my home to school. The cost to attend this school is fair.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The University of SC of Columbia has 7 surrrounding satellite campuses. It also houses the largest collection of Robert Burns and Scottish literature materials outside of Scotland and the largest Ernest Hemingway collection in the world. Since SC was the first to sucede from the Union, the University has historical buildings. The State House is only a few blocks away. Designated as one of the 100 Best Values in Public Education by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, USC also ranks among U.S. News & World Report's best national public institutions. It offers more than 75 degree programs


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Gregory Goetz
Fort Mitchell, KY
Media Arts/Entrepreneurial Business
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If there is one word to describe the experiences you will have at USC, it would have to be "unforgettable." Being away from home for the first time at USC is both exciting and scary at times, but the freedom you get when you come here feels natural. It makes you wonder why they don’t send people to college sooner! Academically, there are courses and professors who can make you look at things in ways you never considered before. Facts and figures will be thrown at you, but some of the professors (and your peers) can teach you a lot about life as well. It’s also a very cool thing to see laid-back professors who will sometimes move their classes out onto the Horseshoe lawn.

On top of this, with such a large student population, you will inevitably form new relationships that will last a lifetime. As at any college, the quality of the experience depends on what you put into it. There are thousands of new people to meet, tons of activities going on, and things to learn both in and out of class. Those who don’t take advantage of these opportunities will not get a lot out of their experience here. Some students get tired of being at USC after a while, and some hate it from the start for whatever reason. USC is not the place for everyone, but overall, students seem to be thoroughly enamored with Carolina and wouldn’t trade their title of Gamecocks for anything in the world. There seems to be an aura of its own inherent to the University, and its welcoming vibe is infectious.

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